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Coronavirus, the Halving and a Price Drop: Bitcoin Mining Marches On

Despite the global turmoil caused by the coronavirus and a looming reward halving, the Bitcoin mining industry appears optimistic.

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CoinShares, a New York-based cryptocurrency service that provides advice and other services for investors, released a statement on the state of Bitcoin mining during the global uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, ahead of a planned, more thorough June 2020 mining report.

In it, CoinShares’ research director Christopher Bendiksen wrote that the current talk of a possible mining “death spiral” due to coronavirus-based lockdowns makes for dramatic reading, but is not at all based in reality.

“‘Mining death spirals’ do not actually happen in real life,” Bendiksen wrote in the statement. “They are highly theoretical edge cases without any historical real-world precedent … Mining is here to stay.”

Confidence in the mining space and in bitcoin generally, despite economic uncertainty around the world, is high at the firm.

“Bitcoin is arguably the only financial asset that can operate remotely — nobody needs to go to work to make bitcoin work,” Danny Masters, executive chairman of CoinShares, wrote in a supplementary statement sent to Bitcoin Magazine. “Nobody needs to fill an ATM machine. While things look bleak for everything, I can’t think of a better asset to buy than bitcoin.”

Difficulty, Block Frequency and Hashrate

The cost of Bitcoin mining is largely a function of the difficulty — a dynamic metric determined by the protocol itself that can adjust both up and down to keep block times at 10 minutes on average.

The difficulty has reset downwards many times — sometimes dramatically as the result of a pullback in price, as in November and December of 2018 — but the network has never ground to a complete halt or even come anywhere close to doing so.

“There is no price level that could cause Bitcoin’s emission rate to increase,” reads Benedickson’s statement. “When the dust settles on the current financial crisis, the Bitcoin monetary system will have created exactly as many bitcoins as originally intended.”

In essence, the Bitcoin mining difficulty adjustment keeps Bitcoin block frequency steady, no matter the amount of total network hashrate.

What About the Halving?

“If prices do not recover, the hashrate will fall — and when the halving hits, it will fall again,” wrote Bendiksen. “This is not a problem for Bitcoin, nor is it unprecedented.” 

And it’s not always the biggest bitcoin mining groups that will survive a major bitcoin price recession, contrary to what you may be hearing. It will be the groups that have the cheapest energy costs and the newest, most efficient hardware.

“The halving is still a couple months away and many miners are already closing up shop,” Bendiksen said in a follow-up interview with Bitcoin Magazine. “So, at the time of the halving, we will likely be in a completely different difficulty environment than now. Recent estimates show that as much as 25 percent of the peak-level hashrate may already have been turned off.”

While CoinShares suggests that post-halving mining will be different than the current and near-future mining environment, Bendiksen does believe today’s status offers an insightful window.

“For all of those who are worried about the halving, this is a perfect prelude because the end effect on miners is the exact same,” he wrote in his statement. “Hence, the hashrate dynamics we’re likely to see in the upcoming weeks will be an excellent parallel to those we might also see after the halving in May.”

Bendiksen acknowledged that some of the higher-cost miners may drop out after the halving, but he also sees mining companies stabilizing and building for the foreseeable future.

Building the Mining Infrastructure of the Future

Meanwhile, Blockstream Mining is quietly building its mining business with facilities in Quebec, Canada and Georgia, USA, with over 300 MW of energy and a thriving colocation service offering equipment, space, bandwidth and power rental for miners who can benefit from inexpensive energy without needing to negotiate separately with local authorities. 

According to Blockstream CSO Samson Mow, the company has taken steps to be ready for the halving, come what may. Despite the current turmoil, it is focused on the long term.

“For Blockstream’s mining operations, our electricity and operational costs are low enough that we can outlast most miners and be the last ones standing,” Mow told Bitcoin Magazine in an interview. “Also, we’ve mined bitcoins for quite some time and we HODL for the medium term, so a price drop during the halving would actually have no impact for us.”

Mow noted that, while it’s hard to predict the price, he believes some inefficient miners may need to shut off, while most miners will be fine through the halving.

“I think the bitcoin price will recover to a point where, post-halving, it will still be profitable to mine BTC,” Mow said. “Even if that doesn’t happen, it’s not likely we will see a massive drop in hashrate. Many miners are already on the latest generation of equipment and have already recouped those costs, so they only have to deal with opex [operational expenditures].” 

Investors Are More Cautious But Still Interested in Bitcoin Mining

Ryan Porter, head of business development for mining-focused financial services and brokerage firm BitOoda, was busy fielding inquiries about new North American mining opportunities in December 2019.

Now, he said, he’s still getting inquiries but potential mining companies are more cautious and want to lock in competitive energy pricing.

“Overall, what we’re seeing is the miners that were well positioned to be profitable after the halving are still well positioned now, where the miners that would have needed to shutter operations have had to fast track those plans,” Porter told Bitcoin Magazine in a phone interview. 

“We’ve seen hashrate fall precipitously as now unprofitable mining rigs are being taken offline, and conservative operators who were thoughtful about managing their bitcoin price risk are now looking to purchase hardware at distressed prices.”

Porter is confident that the best-managed mining operations that have inexpensive power sources and efficient computers will survive the halving. What he’s seeing is the next stage in the evolution and maturation of the mining industry.

“Where we are starting to see a change in planning for miners is how they’re approaching risk management,” he added. “We had previously engaged with miners on implementing BTC price-hedging programs, and we’ve had quite a few of those firms reach out to us over the past week to start a meaningful risk management engagement.”

The CoinShares team is confident that bitcoin and its critical mining industry will ride out the coronavirus storm. In his interview with Bitcoin Magazine, Bendiksen noted that, unlike the fiat monetary system, the bitcoin system is “run coldly and unemotionally by a network of computers according to pre-set rules.”

“These computers never need to work from home, never get sick, scared or panicked and can not be influenced to print money by charismatic or powerful politicians, even in the most challenging times,” he said. “They simply execute their code as prescribed, no matter what is happening in the world.”

Mining is one of Bitcoin’s most critical practices, but also one of its most misunderstood.

Our guide to bitcoin mining covers everything from the basics of where bitcoin come from and why this process is called “mining” to bitcoin mining centralization and energy use. You’ll find detailed information on bitcoin mining hardwarebitcoin mining poolsbitcoin mining profitabilitybitcoin mining legality and more.

And, if you’re looking for something specific, we have hundreds of articles that have taken deeper dives into the mining industry since the earliest days of Bitcoin.

Get started with “What is Bitcoin Mining?”!

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Cuba to Fight Financial Disturbance by Potentially Adopting Crypto

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The government officials of Cuba examine crypto adoption as an instrument to overcome financial turbulence in the country. This comes a few weeks after the Cuban authorities started discussing the implementation of digital assets in the economy.

Crypto vs. Monetary Turmoil

The economic situation on the island of Cuba suffered heavy setbacks due to the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the government implemented crippling sanctions on the residents, which had a catastrophic effect on the local economy.

As Periodico Cubano reported, the president of Cuba – Miguel Díaz Canel – together with the country’s authorities, now plan to face these issues with the help of cryptocurrencies. According to the coverage, Díaz Canel discussed the possible benefits of crypto adoption in the country.

Additionally, he revealed his intentions to ”keep informing the public” about any implementations regarding the matter. However, Díaz-Canel alerted about the ongoing crypto scams on the island, calling them ”investment pyramid schemes.”

The president’s intentions did not come as a surprise. Last month the Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) put ahead proposals that might contain finding out how digital assets can boost the shattered economy of the country.


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Back in 2019, the Cuban authorities made a similar announcement on how cryptocurrencies can deal with the country’s monetary issues. The Minister of Economy and Planning then said:

”We are considering studying the application of cryptocurrencies in national and international commercial matters. Measures of this type can allow us to move forward. We have to look for alternative means to solve economic problems.”

Similar Situation in Kenya

The move of the Cuban government to fight its financial issues with the help of cryptocurrencies is not the only global example. As CryptoPotato previously reported, Kenya’s Central Bank explored the option of using Bitcoin to boost its depreciating Shilling.

The Kenyan local currency has been on a downward trend for the past few decades and has lost nearly 50% of its value compared to the US dollar since 2010. In the past year alone, the Shilling registered a decline of 10% against the greenback.

Consequently, the Central Bank of the African country came with a plan to switch its national currency to Bitcoin. Although such a move sounds utterly risky, as no government has done it so far, Central Bank Governor Patrick Njoroge revealed his confidence in the possible project:

”Our decision to shift to Bitcoin is both tactical and logical. Our currency has always been the punching bag for the IMF. This has led to too much pressure on the Kenyan Shilling, and this has a negative effect on the economy. Bitcoin will put an end to this.”

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Shiba Inu (SHIB) Mania, Dogecoin, Tesla’s Bitcoin Halt and Crypto Market Volatility: The Weekly Recap

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To say that last week was eventful would be an understatement. The entire market went through extreme volatility. Many altcoins charted new all-time highs and went through serious declines as well.

Let’s start with Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency is currently down about 10% on the weekly – last Friday, it was trading at around $57K. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there, with the exception of the first few days as on Monday, BTC had an unsuccessful attempt at the coveted $60K mark.

On Thursday, Tesla announced that they would no longer support bitcoin payments for their vehicles, citing environmental concerns with BTC mining. This sent the entire market into a steep downturn, where the primary cryptocurrency crashed all the way to $45,700. Most altcoins followed.

Ethereum charted a fresh all-time high at around $4,400, but it was also affected by the downturn and crashed to $3,500 as a consequence. The same can be said for Binance Coin, Cardano, Ripple, and so forth.

However, Dogecoin clones such as Shiba Inu (SHIB), Akita, and so forth is where all the rage was this week.

Propelled by the sky-high increase in the price for DOGE, other cryptocurrencies with similar meme appeal, such as SHIB, Shiba Pup, Akita, and so forth, also took for the skies. Most of them shared one common trait – the developers had sent 50% of their total supply to the wallet of Vitalik Buterin as a “proof of burn.”

In a move that many didn’t see coming, however, Buterin started disposing of the billions worth of free money he had received. He donated large sums to charities in India, as well as to research facilities. This showed everyone that he doesn’t intend to keep these clone coins in a move that many considered a “rug.”

While a lot of these meme-inspired cryptocurrencies crashed and burned, some still brought massive gains to their investors. At the time of this writing, SHIB is up over 1500% over the past seven days.

All in all, it’s safe to say that it was a very exciting week in the cryptocurrency market. It’s interesting to see what the next week has in store.

Market Data

Market Cap: 2369$B | 24H Vol: 245B | BTC Dominance: 40.5%

BTC: $51,336 (-10.27%) | ETH: $4,139 (+18.36%) | XRP: $1.42 (-13.12%)

This Week’s Headlines You Better Not Miss

Vitalik Buterin Sells Off Dogecoin Clones: SHIB, AKITA, and Others Face Massive Dump. In a move that shocked many, Vitalik Buterin sold a lot of the meme-inspired Dogecoin clones that he received. This sold most of them in a severe downturn, though a lot are still performing very well over a seven-day period.

Tesla Stops Accepting Bitcoin: Price Slumps $3,000 In Response. The giant electric vehicle manufacturer, Tesla, has decided to halt payments using BTC for its cars. The company cited environmental concerns as the primary reason for the decision and stated that it would continue to hold bitcoin on its balance sheet.

MoneyGram to Enable Users to Buy Bitcoin and Withdraw it From Brick-and-Mortar Locations. One of the world’s leading money transfer companies, MoneyGram, will allow its users to buy and withdraw cryptocurrency for cash at traditional brick-and-mortar locations in the United States.

US Investment Bank Cowen to Offer Crypto Custody Services. More banks are getting involved in cryptocurrencies. Cowen Inc., a large multinational investment bank based in the US, announced plans to hold digital assets for hedge funds and asset managers.

Crypto Is the Solution to the Problem Created By the Federal Reserve: Stan Druckenmiller. Stan Druckenmiller thinks that the US Dollar could lose its status as the global reserve currency. This is because of the ongoing policy of the US Federal Reserve. He also believes that a ledger-based system can be the replacement.

eBay Now Allows the Sale of NFTs on its Platform. One of the leading online marketplaces, eBay, has become the first in its industry to jump aboard the non-fungible tokens (NFTs) bandwagon, as the company now allows the sale of NFTs on its platform.

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AllianceBlock Announces Decentralized Capital Market on Edgeware with Defi-NFT Approach

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[PR – Utrecht, The Netherlands, May 14, 2021]

AllianceBlock has announced it will launch a decentralized capital market on the Edgeware smart contract platform. The protocol brings unprecedented tooling to the Substrate-based Wasm contract palette, including NFT contract standards, Defi and DAO primitives to their peer-to-peer market, further empowering collectives and individuals to lend and fund across the network.

In the longer term, AllianceBlock is positioned to bridge traditional finance and defi through globally compliant platforms and tools – interoperating with the latest in digital organization and governance and their team’s background across both financial paradigms, including CEO Rachid Ajaja, previously at Barclays and the VINCI smart cities project:

Edgeware’s vision of building a community owned, decentralized platform with a focus on on-chain governance is perfectly in line with our own. We are seeking to build a new financial infrastructure that takes advantage of innovative technology, and Edgeware’s community treasury, facilities for DAOs, and bridging of digital and physical entities are important parts of linking DeFi with traditional finance.

We are excited to be integrating our products into Edgeware, and look forward to collaborating more moving forward.

Edgeware is currently the oldest and few of the mainnet Polkadot ecosystem smart contract platforms, enabling teams like AllianceBlock to fully test and deploy on variety of development and mainnet Substrate chains.The value alignment and technical foundation, including the opportunity to model best practices off the chain’s own governance, has made deployment on Edgeware a quick and effective launch.

Look forward to a launch AMA in the Edgeware and AllianceBlock community forums in the next few weeks.

About AllianceBlock

AllianceBlock is creating a protocol that will bridge DeFi and traditional finance (TradFi) to bring the benefits of both areas to one another and create the first decentralized capital market.

The AllianceBlock Protocol is designed to reflect how traditional finance would be built today with current technology. It incorporates new technology such as DeFi in a TradFi friendly manner, ultimately allowing us to facilitate services required by both spaces.

Long term, the decentralized blockchain-agnostic Layer 2 AllianceBlock Protocol will provide a secure and regulatory compliant gateway for billions of dollars present in TradFi to flow towards DeFi and enable DeFi platforms and protocols to be used by a much greater audience. In doing so, we will unlock DeFi for the world.

About Edgeware

Edgeware is a community-owned, fairly distributed, self-sustainable blockchain ecosystem built on Substrate with on-chain governance and a collectively managed treasury, enabling users to fund the chain’s development and teams to build projects.

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